Feb 7, 2013 7:00am PST
as sequestration take effect at the beginning of march. the pentagon has to reduce spending by $46 billion in the remaining seven months of fiscal year 2013. >> if these cuts happen there will be a serious disruption in defense programs and a sharp decline in our military readiness. >> reporter: this army document says three-fourths of its combat brigades will have to delay their training for several months resulting in a failure to meet demands of the national military strategy by the end of this year. afraid it will have to take $18 billion out of its own budget the army has already stopped maintenance of 1,300 vehicles and 17,000 weapons. according to this document the air force would cut its overhauls of aircraft by one-third, with the result that some planes would have to be grounded. flying hours for air force pilots would be cut by 18%. >> it puts at risk our fundamental mission of protecting the american people. >> reporter: combat operations in afghanistan would not be affected by the cuts but the pull-out of $20 billion worth of equipment could be delaye
Feb 21, 2013 4:00am PST
late april and september. >> reporter: robert hale the chief's pentagon budget officer says the furlough will save the government $4 billion to $5 billion, but president obama says the cuts should be made elsewhere. >> there's no reason they should be furloughed or laid off. >> president obama is trying to pin the blame for the last-minute budget crisis on congress and with both chambers on recess this week he has the stage here in washington all to himself. >> i'm hoping while they're back home, they're hearing it from their constituents so when they get back here, they're ready to do some work and we can avoid these automatic spending cuts. >> but congressmen back home may not be getting the earful the president's hoping for. while nearly half of the americans want to avoid it less than 40% want to let it happen and some of capitol hill agree with the 40%. >> not only should the sequester stand. many pundits say the sequester falls short. >> if the cuts kick in, that same poll shows more people would blame republicans in congress than the president.
Feb 22, 2013 5:30pm PST
radioactive waste, but federal energy officials told him there is no immediate health risk. the pentagon today stopped test flights of the f-35 fighter jet after inspectors found that one of them had a cracked engine blade. the f-35 has cost taxpayers about $400 billion already, and is years behind schedule. we will end this week with our choice of the play of the week. "on the road" with steve hartman is next. [ coughs ] [ angry gibberish ] [ justin ] mulligan sir. mulligan. take a mulligan. i took something for my sinuses, but i still have this cough. [ male announcer ] truth is, a lot of sinus products don't treat cough. they don't? [ male announcer ] nope, but alka seltzer plus severe sinus does it treats your worst sinus symptoms, plus that annoying cough. [ angry gibberish ] [ fake coughs ] sorry that was my fault sir. [ male announcer ] alka seltzer plus severe sinus. [ breathes deeply ] ♪ oh, what a relief it is! ♪ [ male announcer ] try alka seltzer plus severe sinus day and night for complete relief from your worst sinus symptoms. nexium, the purple pill, helps prov
Feb 21, 2013 7:00am PST
say that means as many as 700,000 of the 800,000 civilians who work for the pentagon. >> this is not a beltway phenomenon. on our civilians it will be catastrophic. >> reporter: civilians like sue ann fallenberg a single mom and administrative assistant at a naval school 3,000 miles away from washington in monterey california. >> i would have to get a part-time job to support my family. >> reporter: she is worryied about the 20% pay cut if she's furloughed or put on involuntary pay one day a week. >> can you reduce the rent for 20%? i can't say that. >> reporter: and it's not just cuts to the pentagon dozens of agencies including the fbi will also have to make difficult choices. >> the fbi would be in the position of having to evaluate where those reductions can come from, and that may impact in the national security arena. >> reporter: the president will continue in coming days to highlight the hardships to individuals and to the public at large if the cuts take place. democrats congressional campaign committee also goes on the offensive today.
Feb 23, 2013 5:00am PST
nuclear site. >>> the pentagon has grounded its new fleet of 51 f-35 fighter jets is after a crack was found in the engine blade of one plane. all of the planes are being tested at the time. none were being used in combat. it's the pentagon's most sophisticated aircraft system and the most expensive, costing almost 4$4 billion. >>> the first lady's efforts to encourage young people to exercise got some support from jimmy fallon. he teamed up with the first lady. there you see it to perform the evolution of mom dancing. fallon asked mrs. obama if she would consider running on the presidential ticket with hillary clinton in 2016. the first lady said she was interested in another job, hosting for "the tonight show" when jay leno retires. she's quick. >> she is quick. >>> here's stacy-ann gooden with a look at the weather. good morning. >> good morning. we're looking at pretty active conditions out west. i know it doesn't look like that, but we want to point your attention to what's going on out across the northeast. this system has been dumping heavy rainfall a